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In Record Spending Year, Millions in Election Cash Not Disclosed | CBS News


November 7th, 2012

On a crisp October morning, a group of high school students taped one dollar bills over their mouths as they approached the Lower Manhattan offices of JP Morgan Chase. Danielle Raskin, a 17-year-old senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High, was among … Continue reading



The Rise of 99Rise | The Nation


November 5th, 2012

By Isabelle Nastasia The impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission allowing unlimited and anonymous campaign spending has been profound and could yet be decisive in this election. With an estimated $9.8 billion … Continue reading



Five people protesting ‘Big Money’ arrested outside downtown bank | Los Angeles Times


October 25th, 2012

By Andrew Blankstein and Mark Boster Five people affiliated with a group that is demanding banks to be transparent about their campaign contributions to the 2012 presidential candidates were arrested Thursday morning during a protest outside a downtown bank branch, … Continue reading



NYPD block off whole JPMorgan building to arrest three teens | Salon


October 24th, 2012

High school students staged a small sit-in to demand the bank reveal political expenditures BY NATASHA LENNARD The entire 60 floors of JPMorgan Chase’s downtown New York office building were temporarily blocked off Wednesday so that three high-schoolers could be … Continue reading



The Future of the #Occupy Movement: Solidarity and Escalation


December 14th, 2011

The Future of the #Occupy Movement: Solidarity and Escalation The movement can propel significant changes. But #OccupyWallStreet and its allied occupations still have a ways to go before realizing their potential. By Mark Engler Published on October 21, 2011. A … Continue reading



How #OccupyWallStreet Is Evolving and Gaining Power


December 14th, 2011

How the anti-corporate protests have evolved into the populist force now sweeping the nation. By Mark Engler Published on October 5, 2011. #OccupyWallStreet is evolving. Now in its third week, the protest movement not only continues to grow—it is maturing … Continue reading



Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right


September 21st, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

#OccupyWallStreet protests are now well into their second week, and they are increasingly capturing the public spotlight. This is because, whatever limitations their occupation has, the protesters have done many things right. I will admit that I was skeptical about … Continue reading







2020 Center Update: Surrender and Become Attentive

December 17th, 2020

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die …” — Ecclesiastes 3:1 “Surrender to what is dying, and become attentive to what is emerging.”  — … Continue reading

Monasticism, Indigenous Cultures, Burning Man, and/or Kingdom of God?: My trip to Taize.

December 27th, 2019

After being invited to Barcelona, Spain this fall for a chaotic tour of book talks, TV appearances, and radio interviews, I needed a place to recover from all the activity. And one of the greatest realizations of my life has … Continue reading

Are We Cells in a Mystical Body? Center Update 2018

December 24th, 2018

As many of you know, I am a social justice geek. I compulsively read and think about social movements, and have been doing this for a long time, and am now considered a specialist in the field commonly referred to … Continue reading

CENTER UPDATE 2017

January 18th, 2018

The election of Trump was like somebody threw a political bomb into the middle of a crowded room. For undocumented people, it meant fear of losing DACA and being deported. For labor unions and the working poor, it meant losing … Continue reading

CENTER UPDATE 2016: STILL OTHER SEEDS FELL ON GOOD SOIL

January 9th, 2017

Many have asked how I am feeling after Trump was elected to President of the US. The largest natural disaster in my lifetime just hit my community. It reminds me of both the day after my father died in my … Continue reading

Plan For the Revolution, But Keep Everyone Washing the Dishes: A New Year’s Update

December 31st, 2014

Dear Friends, I started the Center for the Working Poor in 2006. I donated all my money and my car, and slept on the floor of my shared, cramped apartment with our first full time volunteer, Clayton Perry. We ate … Continue reading

Christmas Update From Paul Engler & The Center

December 17th, 2012

The Center for the Working Poor, (aka the Burning Bush Community), continues to share in the wonderful mix of serving the poor, communal living, prayer and meditation, and nonviolent movement organizing that distinguishes our beautiful home. In addition to delivering … Continue reading

A Moment of Hope for a New Movement: Update from the Center for the Working Poor

December 15th, 2011

By Paul Engler Every once in a while, a rare and special moment comes when you realize that you are doing more than turning out for just another protest. Instead, you realize that you are in the middle of true … Continue reading